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Virginia / Mountain Iron-Buhl Blue Devils

Virginia / Mountain Iron-Buhl is a co-op hockey program playing in Minnesota’s Iron Range Conference, along with Eveleth-Gilbert, Greenway, Hibbing / Chisholm and International Falls. They play in Section 7A, which has been dominated by Hermantown in recent years.

Reed Larson (not the Hall-of-Fame defensemen from Minneapolis) is in his 7th year as coach of the Blue Devils, compiling a record of 72-87-5 (.454). He has the team off to a 8-2 start in 2017-18, which includes victories over Warroad (5-2), Grand Rapids (4-2) and Bloomington Jefferson (5-3). The Blue Devils are currently ranked #11 in Class A.

Season

Overall

Conference

Playoffs

2016-17

11-16-0

3-5-0 (3rd)

Lost in Section semifinals to Hermantown, 9-0

2015-16

9-15-2

2-4-2 (3rd)

Lost in Section quarterfinals to Duluth Denfeld, 4-1

2014-15

9-18-0

2-6-0 (4th)

Lost in Section quarterfinals to Hermantown, 10-0

2013-14

18-8-1

8-1-1 (1st)

Lost in Section semifinals to Duluth Marshall, 2-1

2012-13

9-16-1

4-4-1 (3rd)

Lost in Section quarterfinals to International Falls, 5-3

2011-12

12-13-1

4-4-0 (3rd)

Lost in Section quarterfinals to Duluth Denfeld, 5-1

2010-11

20-8-0

4-4-0 (3rd)

Lost in Section final to Hibbing / Chisholm, 5-0

2009-10

19-9-3

4-2-2 (2nd)

Lost in State consolation final to Rochester Lourdes, 2-0

 

On the ice, the Blue Devils are led by Senior Winger Jake Seitz (13-18—31), Junior Winger Caleb Bialke (9-12—21) and Junior Goaltender Cam Kreibich (5-1-0, 2.33 GAA, .919 SV%).

Miners Memorial Building

The Miners Memorial Recreation Building is located in Virginia, Minnesota, on 9th Ave. South. The barrel shaped building was built by the city of Virginia  in 1957 for the Blue Devils high school hockey team - that it still plays in today. The Arena itself is named after Virginia native Randolph Bruno "Bree" Cuppoletti (June 19, 1910 - September 22, 1960) who, ironically, was not a professional hockey player, but rather a professional football player. He played guard for six seasons with the Chicago Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Miners Memorial Building/"Bree" Cupoletti Arena has 2 sheets of ice, and is a multi-use facility known for hosting a wide array of events, and various recreational shows in the summer months.  The lobby area of the building features some nice photos of native Virginia hockey players who went on to play collegiate, professional or Olympic hockey.  Additionally a nice Carlson Brothers mural display adorns a wall within the lobby - dedicated in memory to their father Jack Carlson - who all call Virginia home, and once donned a Blue Devils uniform.

The arena is centrally located in Virginia and less than five minutes from the historic downtown district. 

Queen City of the North

Virginia is a city in St. Louis County, Minnesota, on the Mesabi Iron Range and with a population 8,700. According to a water tower in the middle of town, the city's nickname is the "Queen City", or "Queen City of the North". It is 210 miles from Rosemount, which is about a 3 1/2 hour drive.

Virginia was laid out in 1892, and named after Virginia, the native state of a large share of the lumbermen in the area at that time. A post office has been in operation at Virginia since 1893.Virginia was incorporated in February 1895. It was a logging community first, then it was developed as an iron mining community. The mines in the Virginia area were prosperous and setting new records consistently by the late 1890s. The main population boom began after mining camps were built for entrepreneurs and financiers including Andrew Carnegie, Leonidas Merritt, Jay Cooke, John D. Rockefeller, William J. Olcott, James J. Hill, and others. With the use of diamond drills, mules, and a massive labor force, the mines were able to move millions of tons per year and ship them out of the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior, as well as Two Harbors.

The city has a total area of 19.18 square miles and includes Silver Lake and Bailey Lake. The area was originally named Qeechaquepagem by an Ojibwe tribe, which roughly means “lake of the north birds”.Virginia is part of the Quad Cities, which also include nearby EvelethGilbert, and Mountain Iron.

Virginia is located on the Mesabi Range, one of the sub-regions within Minnesota's Iron Range. Virginia is considered the commerce center of the Mesabi Range. Virginia serves as a shopping, industrial, educational, and medical hub for the surrounding communities.

The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White, 0.6% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 4,242 households of which 21.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.7% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 52.4% were non-families. 46.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.74.

The median age in the city was 44.9 years. 18.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 22% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female. 21.4% were of Finnish, 13.3% German, 9.9% Norwegian, 8.8% Italian, and 7.8% Swedish ancestry.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,873, and the median income for a family was $43,419. Males had a median income of $38,834 versus $22,473 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,776. About 10.6% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.6% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.

Virginia is the home of the Land of the Loon festival, an annual event in June.

Points of interest

Transportation

Virginia is a regional transportation hub within the Mesabi Range. Major roadways include U.S. Highway 53U.S. Highway 169, and State Highway 135 (MN 135). Other main routes include 2nd Avenue West, 12th Avenue West, 13th Street South, 8th Street South, and 9th Street North. The downtown area of Virginia is centered along Chestnut Street.

Education

The public high school is Virginia High School, and the public elementary schools are Parkview Learning Center (early childhood programs through second grade) and Roosevelt Elementary (grades three through six). The higher education institution for the city is Mesabi Range Community and Technical College. The Virginia Public Library is also featured as an educational place for people of all ages. Marquette Catholic School is a private elementary school operated by the Duluth Diocese. Northland Learning Center, a cooperative alternative school for students with disciplinary problems or other special circumstances, operates in the former James Madison Elementary School, which is still owned by ISD No. 706.

Media

The local newspaper is the Mesabi Daily News, and television stations serving Virginia are received from the Duluth television market:

  • KDLH – CBS

  • 6 / 11 KBJR – NBC

  • 8 / 31 WDSE – PBS

  • 10 / 13 WDIO – ABC

  • 21 KQDS – Fox

Notable people